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After a pair of non-league losses, the Country Christian boys basketball team opens league play with win

Putting the defensive clamps down proved fruitful for the Country Christian boys basketball team in a league-opening win against Grand View Christian Academy on May 25.

The 34-26 win gave the Cougars their first victory after a pair of non-league defeats to open the season. In this one, though, Country Christian's defense did the talking.

"Putting an emphasis on solid defense to start the game was my priority in the pre-game meeting, and they did just that," coach Dawson Nofziger said. "Jaxon Bafford got us rolling early with some key takeaways and rebounds that led to fast break opportunities."

Nofziger said he was pleased with the team's defense throughout the game and noted a nice boost his second unit gave the team in the fourth quarter, continuing the run their press and disrupt the Eagle's offense.

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"Our scoring struggled most of the night, shooting only 29% from the field, and a lot of those looks were good shots," Nofziger said. "We just couldn't get the ball to drop in the hoop."

Lead the offense for Country Christian was Matthew Weissenbrunner with nine points, followed by Christian Griffith with five. Four other Cougars had four points each.

"I was pleased that our effort didn't drop because we had a bad shooting night and we grinded it out to earn our first win of the year and start off league on a positive note," Nofziger said. "We have two tough tests to finish the week with Damascus Christian and Life Christian leading into the holiday weekend."

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